Traffic chaos fears as royal visit nears

by Aisling Kennedy
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PLANS for Prince Charles and his wife Camilla to visit Glasnevin Cemetery on May 12 will cause “traffic chaos” around the city, Cllr Paul McAuliffe (FF) has warned.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Dublin next week and will be shown the Cross of the Sacrifice at the historic cemetery as part their whistle-stop tour to commemorate the beginning of World War One.
This will be the royal couple’s second formal visit to Ireland in less than a year, and they will also take in Kildare, Kilkenny and meet with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny while here.
As part of a major policing operation ahead of their visit, Garda checkpoints and road closures will be set up around Dublin.
Roads will be closed around Glasnevin Cemetery for up to six hours during rush-hour traffic to accommodate the royals’ visit.
Gardai have warned of several road closures around the city during their visit, including Prospect Avenue, Botanic Road, and Old Finglas Road.
During their visit to Glasnevin Cemetery, the main Finglas Road N2 will be closed from 7am to 1pm, while the 140 and 40 bus routes will also be diverted.
Cllr Paul McAuliffe said that while he supports the visit to Glasnevin Cemetery, the timing of the road closures around the city are not ideal.
He said that the road closure should not be put in place before 9am, and asked people to formally object to the closures by emailing [email protected].
Cllr McAuliffe added: “It will cause great inconvenience for people trying to get to work or bringing their children to school. It will also affect some bus routes.
“I see no reason why the ceremony itself could not be moved to a later time.”

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